Clean energy is vital for our future from both an economic development and environmental sustainability policy perspective. With this in mind, Governor Murphy, through Executive Order 28, has set an ambitious goal of setting New Jersey on the path to a conversion to 100% clean energy by 2050, and we are moving full speed ahead.

New Jersey’s 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP) is intended to set forth a strategic vision for the production, distribution, consumption, and conservation of energy in the State of New Jersey. The State’s energy policy reflects the full scope of New Jersey’s current energy sector, as well as its future. New jobs, industries, and workforce development as the state expands its  green economy, providing exciting new opportunities for New Jersey’s residents and business community.

As part of this new vision for a sustainable future, the 2019 EMP will reflect new goals for the state:
  1. Putting New Jersey on a path to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050
  2. Growing New Jersey’s clean energy economy
  3. Ensuring reliability and affordability for all customers
  4. Reducing the state’s carbon footprint
  5. Advancing new technologies for all New Jersey residents

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) serves as the lead agency and is tasked with the development and oversight of the state’s EMP Committee. To achieve the Governor’s ambitious energy goals, the EMP Committee is organized into five work groups. While the work groups are composed of state agency members, there will be ample public opportunity to comment through a robust stakeholder process.

In June 2018, NJBPU President Joseph Fiordaliso named Grace Power, NJBPU Chief of Staff, as EMP Committee chair.

 

The EMP Committee is composed of five work groups:
  • Clean and Renewable Energy

The cornerstone of the EMP is to establish a path to 100% clean energy for New Jersey by 2050.  Recognizing the need for significant investment and support for clean energy sources, particularly the considerable opportunity for the development of offshore wind energy in New Jersey and continued growth of the state’s solar portfolio, the work group will focus on shifting New Jersey’s energy production profile away from reliance on outdated technologies that contribute to global climate change and toward clean energy sources through innovation in energy policy.

  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

New Jersey has made significant investments in its infrastructure in recent years. To continue to innovate and provide reliable service to New Jersey customers, the EMP will investigate the pathways forward to ensure that New Jersey has secure, modern, and resilient infrastructure.  Doing so requires analyzing existing infrastructure as well as planning for new, updated infrastructure and technologies for the transition to 100% clean energy. The EMP must also evaluate the role of restructuring and competitive markets on infrastructure and energy needs, including New Jersey’s location on the border between two regional grids. New systems, policies, and procedures may be needed to ensure resilience and reliability across New Jersey.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption

Reducing energy consumption and emissions while maintaining efficiency and affordability will be a priority of the EMP. Governor Murphy’s leadership to curtail the serious impacts of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions, including actions taken to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), will further be discussed along with the potential to avoid emissions through reduction in use.  The group will also examine how utilizing technologies to reduce consumption can offset increases in consumption in other areas, such as electrified transportation, and how reductions in consumption translate to savings in energy costs. 

  • Clean and Reliable Transportation

Recognizing that the transportation sector is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey, the Clean and Reliable Transportation section of the EMP will focus on how to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and advance electric and alternative fuel vehicles. The EMP will also identify methods to incentivize the use of clean, efficient, technological advances in commercial and public transportation operations.

  • Building a Modern Grid

Building a modern grid to meet New Jersey’s new energy needs and goals will require addressing and overcoming current barriers to new and enhanced infrastructure. The EMP will explore the utilization of new and developing technologies to allow the affordable distribution of energy to all customer classes, as well as developing new plans and policies for grid modernization and maintenance as the state transitions to 100% clean energy by 2050. The work group will also examine new cyber security policies, procedures, strategies, and enhancements to maintain security and reliability, particularly in the face of new and impending climate and environmental challenges.